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Holiday Fruit Drops


1 cup shortening
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup soured milk, buttermilk, or water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups broken pecans
2 cups candied cherries, halved
2 cups chopped dates

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs well. Stir in soured milk. Blend dry ingredients, stir in to wet mixture. Stir in the pecans, cherries and dates. Chill at least 1 hour. Heat oven to 400 F. Drop heaping teaspoons of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Place a pecan half on each cookie if desired. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly.

Note: If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt.

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Reviews of Holiday Fruit Drops:

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  katherine in springfield,MO  Dec 22, 2012
Would make this again.
My family would be so disappointed if i didnt make these!! Been making them for 50 years~ in our family, they are delicious and improve with storage 5 stars

  diane in fl  Nov 20, 2011
Would make this again.
I have made these cookies for at least 50 years,,,not kidding. They are so good and easy. I hope you try them. 5 stars

  Sheree in Illinois  Mar 21, 2011
Would make this again.
Love these cookies but even better made with candy fruit slices (cherry & orange - use your kitchen shears to cut them up). Made either way, they are delicious & addicting! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in boston mass  Dec 19, 2010
Would make this again.
was looking for something different for xmas. Well its easy and oh so yummy.
right out of the oven couldn t wait to taste them. great recipe
5 stars

  Jackie in Va. Beach VA  Dec 8, 2010
Would make this again.
I had this recipe 50 years ago...made them every Christmas until I was 30 & lost the recipe when I moved. Am overjoyed to find it again..they are yummy...something about the combination of buttermilk & brown sugar I think, plus the cherries & pecans YUM THANKS FOR FINDING IT FOR ME AGAIN!! 5 stars

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